The battle of Plushenko/Weir against the world.
Who will win in the battle of grace, artistic ability, and glamour?
While we wait, here's some background information for the figure skating neophytes.
Full name: Evgeni Plushenko
Birth: November 3, 1982
Height: 5 ft 10 inches
Weapon of choice: The footwork
Gold count: 2006 Winter Olympics
three time World Champion
six time European Champion
four time Grand Prix Final
eight time Russian National Champion
Full name: Johnny Weir
Birth: July 2, 1984
Height: 5 ft. 9 inches
Origin: Pennsylvania, United States
Weapon of choice: The costume
Gold count: three time U.S National Champion
2008 Worlds bronze medalist
two time Grand Prix Final medalist
2001 World Junior Champion
It goes a little like this:
7:00 - French skater, Florent Amodio, 19 years old - abandoned in the streets and contracted a disease, but now a successful skater from practicing in public skating rinks.
Figure skating sure pulls on the heartstrings.
Florent Amodio's Results
Viktor Pfeifer, Austria, the definition of eloquence on ice... and a mouth like Stephen Tyler.
I heard this song in Currier the other day...
7:16 - Plushenko video life story.
Plushenko, the Chad Michaels of the Olympics.
"I skate for fun, I have all the titles already."
Commerial break Figure skating factoids brought to you by wikipedia:
The toe jump:
- Toe loops take off from the back outside edge of the right foot and are launched by the left toe pick (toe walleys are similar, but take off from the back inside edge of the right foot);
- Flips, which take off from the back inside edge of the left foot and are launched by the right toe pick;
- Lutzes, which take off from the back outside edge of the left foot and are launched by the right toe pick.
The edge jump:
- Salchows, (pronounced sow - cow) which take off from a left back inside edge. Allowing the edge to come round, the opposite leg helps launch the jump into the air and land on one foot;
- Loops (also known as Rittberger jumps) take off from a right back outside edge and land on the same edge;
- Axels, which are the only rotating jump to take off from a forward edge (the left outside edge). Because they take off from a forward edge, they include one-half extra rotations and are usually considered the hardest jump of the six.
7:22- Vaught Chipeur, Canada. Loves rock'n'roll music and skates the same way, Oh Canada...
Takes a fall on the first jump, Come on Canada.
Throwing in some Riverdance on ice... His technique needs to be refined a little.
7:28 - Plushenko, Russia, the mullet.
I see black leather and glitter. This is going to be good.
Plushenko, the legend of ice and nailing all of his jumps.
Definitely setting the bar high.
7:38 - "Plushenko's work is slam dunk and slam bad." Thanks Dick Button.
This wins gold:
8:00 - Break time. NBC is switching off to snowboarding and the other wonderful winter sports.